Parents consistently ask me for advice on products that are good for in-home use as well as for travel. With the holidays coming up, you may be traveling with family for several hours, and the kids are bound to get hungry and thirsty. Below I have a list of must-have feeding products for traveling in a car this holiday season.
Drinking: Every 4 hours a child in the US is taken to the hospital due to an injury from a bottle, pacifier or beloved sippy cup. Drinking from a sippy cup in a car not only puts a child at risk for injury, but it also becomes a hard flying object in the case of a sudden stop. To keep everyone safe, try the following tips:
- Take Breaks: Pull over every two hours to stretch your legs, take a few selfies and offer a drink to your children.
- Silicone Products: Try using an open cup made of silicone (like our Tiny Cup coming out soon!) or silicone straws instead of a sippy cup.
Eating: Choking is the 4th leading cause of unintentional death in children, and since it is silent, you may not notice your child choking in the back seat. Most medical professionals agree that parents should avoid having their children eat or use food pouches in the car when it is in motion. Here’s what you can do instead:
- Schedule Snacks: Schedule a break every two hours to offer a small snack and use the restroom. This should help limit toileting accidents and give children a chance to break up the redundancy of the road.
- Travel Mats: Try using the ezpz Tiny Bowl (bowl + tiny placemat) or Mini Mat (plate + mini placemat). These items are the perfect size for travel and even come with a reusable wet bag!
- Low-Sugar: Pack healthy snacks and low-sugar drinks to keep your kids calm, satiated and hydrated. This will help you avoid drive-thru windows and the inevitable sugar high.
Multipurpose Feeding Tools: Below I have listed some essential items for snack time on a family road trip.
- Essential Oils: A few drops of essential oils can help keep kids calm, comfort a child to sleep or help a little one that is carsick.
- Baby Wipes: Baby wipes are perfect for cleaning hands and faces before and after a snack and are great for impromptu diaper changes.
- Sanitizer: Sanitizer is another option to keep little hands (and big hands) clean...especially after pumping gas!
- Two Large Wet Bags: This is my organization go-to on a car trip! I personally use KangaCare wet bags because they are large enough to carry all our gear and have a sturdy button strap + easy-to-open zipper. I hook one bag on the back of the driver’s seat and another one on the passenger seat. I place snacks, drinks, dishware and all of the above items in one wet bag. The other bag is used for trash, a back-up barf bag, wet bathing suits, baby blankets, pet gear or soiled clothing/diapers.
What are your go-to feeding tips and products for traveling in a car? How far are your family road trips this holiday season? If you travel with ezpz products, share your travel pics with us using the hashtags #ezpzfun #myezpzmat.
Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for ezpz